RIDE Requests Proposals for 2015 - 2016 State Pre-Kindergarten Program

The Rhode Island Department of Education is requesting Proposals from qualified vendors to expand the RI State Pre-Kindergarten Program. Eligible organizations or entities include licensed child care centers, Head Start programs, public schools and non-public schools able to operate a classroom in the following Rhode Island communities: Central Falls, East Providence, Providence, Pawtucket, Newport, West Warwick, and Woonsocket. The RFP can be downloaded at:

Questions concerning this solicitation may be emailed to Kristen Greene at the Department of Education at no later than noon on February 13, 2015. Send your questions in Microsoft Word format. Please reference the RFP title in the correspondence. Questions received, if any, will be posted and answered on the RIDE website as an addendum to this solicitation by February 17, 2015. It is the responsibility of all interested parties to download this information. Final proposals are due and must be delivered by 4:30 PM on Friday, February 27, 2015. Faxed or emailed responses will not be considered.



Starting in August, 2015, there will be new vaccination requirements for child care providers that are licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF). Please see the new requirements in English and Spanish.


DCYF is currently conducting assessments of the physical space in licensed child care centers to determine total licensed capacity and to identify any facility issues that require modification in order to meet the 2013 DCYF Child Care Program Standards for Licensure. A DCYF letter clarifies that licensed capacity is determined per regulation based on usable square feet, maximum group size, and available numbers of toilets and sinks.

Programs may request a time-limited variance to achieve compliance with regulations.

A variety of resources for program quality improvement are available, including some resources for facilities improvement. The state will have additional resources for facility improvements soon. The Rhode Island Department of Education has posted a Request for Proposals to identify a qualified vendor that can develop professional development resources, provide specialized assessment and technical assistance, and issue program improvement grants specific to improving early learning facilities. Proposals are due on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

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